About Formant Free

Formant Free is a free tier of Formant that gives you just the basic and essential functionality: live monitoring of device information and basic real-item visual teleoperation. This gives you a quick and simple way to connect your device to the cloud.

Formant’s paid tiers offer many more features that support more complex use cases, larger fleets, and team collaboration. Explore all of the many features Formant offers by browsing the documentation here, or visiting our overview page at https://formant.io/pricing.

Signing Up

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ROS 1 Required

To continue with Formant Free, a device with ROS 1 is recommended. Formant Free will automatically configure and ingest ROS 1 topics. To ingest and configure ROS 2 topics or custom topics via the Formant API, consider upgrading to a paid tier.

Signing up for Formant Free is quick. The signup page is at https://app.formant.io/sign-up. You can either login with a Google account via the Google SSO option, or submit an email address. Once you’ve verified your email and created a password, you’re good to go.

Since Formant Free has noting to view without device connected, you will first be greeted with a one-line installation script until get your first device installed. So be sure to have your ROS 1 device ready, connected to the internet, and with terminal access.

Using the Simulator

Perhaps you don’t have a ROS 1 device on hand but would still like to experience Formant. Formant has set up a number of simulated devices in the cloud running Nvidia’s Isaac Sim to let you see what it’s like to monitor or teleoperate a device on Formant.

To get started, visit https://app.formant.com/simulator. You’ll be asked for an email address to continue with teleoperation. Each teleoperation session lasts at most 2 minutes. If all of our simulators are currently busy, you will be placed in a queue until a simulator becomes available.

When in the simulator, use the arrow keys to drive around and explore the virtual warehouse environment. At the bottom bar you will notice some basic telemetry values.

You can also click on the map in the top right to send the Nvidia Carter robot to a specific goal point. Below that window is a 3D lidar scan of the robot, with a URDF for reference. Tabbing over from these two modules, you will find a second page with a speed slider to speed up your teleoperation commands.

These are just a small portion of the features available during teleoperation.

When finished, click the “Exit” button in the top right corner of the page.

You can also visit a dashboard to see a sampling of some of the many modules that Formant offers for visualizing your robot data.